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Former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson charged with a felony

Former UFC heavyweight title competitor Jeff Monson has been charged with first degree malicious mischief in Washington for allegedly spray painting an anarchy symbol on the state capitol building. The action was caught on photograph in an article from ESPN the Magazine.

The report comes courtesy of the The Olympian newspaper.

First degree malicious mischief is a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison. The graffiti on the side of the building is said to have cost more than $19,000 to remove.

Currently out of state, Monson was contacted by the paper and said while he would be in contact with police he is unsure of his next step. He stated the graffiti was an act of protest against the war in Iraq and economic disparities between the rich and poor.

Monson last competed in the UFC with a late 2006 loss to then UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Since leaving the organization, Monson has a 5-2 record outside of the Octagon with his most recent fight being a decision win over Ricco Rodriguez in December.

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